On August 26th, American songwriter, Liz Meyer known throughout the European bluegrass music community lost her battle with cancer. She was an avid bluegrass singer, songwriter and an active participant with the European Bluegrass Associations and the European version of the World of Bluegrass. Liz Meyer was based in the Netherlands and her songs are often more well known here than her own recordings. Of course, the songs are excellent and "Blue Lonesome Wind" was the featured title cut on an album by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and another song, "Bad Seed" is featured on a recent Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum album.
Liz worked hard with the European World of Bluegrass in Voorthuizen and was dedicated to making the event a major international bluegrass event. Bands all over Europe and the USA loved her for her dedication and joyful spirit. This is a huge loss to the entire bluegrass community and especially the European Bluegrass Music Association.
Her battle with the deadly disease was a long and difficult one. Her dedication to the EBMA and EWOB was neverending however. She would contribute from the clinic or her home regularly. Last year found her in the clinic for an extended period of time and yet, she kept up her duties and dedication.
During the past 10 years, Liz was always the first to inform us of new and exciting bluegrass events from Europe. Her notes were beyond just the EWOB and EBMA activities. They were always cheerful and personal. It was always a pleasure to hear from her as her spirit and attitude were always cheerful and positive.
Our thoughts are with her husband Pieter Groenveld as the entire world suffers this geat loss.